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Lowton: City Winner Hard To Take

Goalline clearance not enough but Clarets celebrate Premier League safety

28 April 2019

Matt Lowton was devastated to fall just the wrong side of the winning line as Manchester City left Turf Moor with their title dream still intact.

City’s 1-0 victory took them back to the top of the Premier League as they over-hauled Liverpool with two games to go.

But the crucial goal, scored in the second half by Sergio Aguero, was shown by goalline technology to be in by less than three centimetres as Lowton performed heroics to block a shot and try and hook the ball clear.

“We gave everything we could. We defended with our lives but in the end, they just managed to squeeze one over the line,” said the Clarets’ defender.

“They are a great side who can open you up at any time, so for us to concede a goal in that fashion is hard to take.

 “I didn’t really have time to think. I just tried to get on the line and in the way and he’s just hit it straight at me.

“It’s gone up, rather than out, and by the time I’ve reacted, it’s just snuck over the line.

“I looked straight at the ref and I could see him put his whistle to his mouth, so I was a bit devastated.

“We feel gutted we haven’t come away with a point, but we’re happy with the way we acquitted ourselves.

“Ben (Mee) made another great clearance off the line and we did what we have done since the turn of the year, putting our bodies on the line, but it just wasn’t enough today.”

City were able to hold onto their lead as they finished with four central defenders on the pitch to keep Burnley at bay and hand Sean Dyche’s side a first defeat in five games.

But the defending champions knew they had been in a scrap – despite Burnley knowing that Cardiff’s defeat at Fulham on Saturday had guaranteed them a fourth successive season in the Premier League following a haul of 28 points from 16 games since Boxing Day.

“We always look after ourselves,” added Lowton.

“The result went for us yesterday, but it’s because of the work we’ve put in since Christmas to get enough points on the board to make sure we’re in it for another season.

“We went out and made sure it wasn’t a ‘we’re already safe’ sort of performance.

“That’s the culture of the club. The manager is massive on it – as we are as players. It’s pride.

“Every day in training and every match we go out there and we give it our all and we will continue to do that for the rest of the season.

“We keep going. We keep working hard, year-in, year-out, and try and improve on what we’re doing.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t start as well as we would have liked this season, but definitely since the turn of the year we’ve got back to how we are and we’ll be looking to start like that next year and hopefully push on.”

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